First century Jewish Christians were familiar with their form of worship and recognition of sin. The everyday Jew was unable to come into the presence of God, which is why they needed the high priest to carry the blood of animal sacrifices to the inner most place of the temple. The offering of these sacrifices was a reminder and a covering of their sin, but not absolute removal.
As we look at our text, we are reminded that it is not through the blood of animals that we are saved, but the blood of Jesus Christ. The implications are huge! Christ’s death does a work in our conscience which means His people desire to follow and serve Him instead of themselves (11-14). His death also inaugurates permanent forgiveness, which the Jews were unable to receive (15-22, Heb 10:4). His death was a once-and-for-all event and is permanently effective (23-28). He does not need to die over and over again like the sacrifices of bulls and goats! If He did, it would’ve meant that Christ’s death was insufficient and that He would repeatedly have to suffer and die throughout the ages.
Reflect/sing the lyrics of, “Nothing But The Blood” by Robert Lowry
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your sufficient, voluntary, forgiveness-saturated death in order to bring me in right relationship with You.
- Pray for our childcare team, the children and their families this week. Pray for a new Director.
- Pray for our Audio/Visual Director, Grant Mix.
- Pray for our Lead Team Pastor, Terry Okken and his family.